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ARCH 653 Building Information Modeling in Architecture

Final Project - Accessing BIM Data for Creative Design and Applications

Due: 12/1, Wednesday 10:00PM

Weight: 50%


Project Requirements

You are expected to extend the functionality of parametric BIM, using Revit Dynamo (Visual Programming) to pass parameters between different families and/or between the project and the families. This project can be built based on Project 1, with improvement of existing models, and new design, data, content, and/or methods added. You can also choose to build this project on another building design/model of your own, instead of Project 1.

Your tasks include:

1. BIM and Visual Programming Tutorials  (15 pts)

Complete all the exercises assigned for the second phase. Follow the deadlines and submission procedures for each exercise. The completeness of the tutorials and on time submission will count toward part of the final grade of this project.

2. Parametric BIM through Visual Programming (45 pts). Develop your BIM Dynoma application using the techniques we have studied in the course. You may improve your Project 1 to implement new ideas.

Based on Dynamo methods and samples, develop your own parametric model, using Dynamo to pass parameters and calculations between different families and/or project and families. Think creatively how you can use project parameters to control family parameters or behaviors. This way you will be able to realize significant parametric modeling driven by physical or aesthetic parameters.

For example:

2.1. Add additional database to drive your parametric modeling, e.g. real sun path or weather data for driving interior lighting, window size, curtain panel design, etc..

2.2. Improve your parametric modeling by passing parameters among multiple (2 or more) families. For example, floor plan size to roof size and associated wall layout, roof/wall angle to ornament angle. Utilize Dynamo's math functions, loops, and conditional statements (much more powerful than Revit's built-in formula functions), to do a good calculation that may be based on research of building code (fire egress, energy, etc.)

2.3. Automatically assign appropriate size of well defined hosted families according to the hosts' (e.g. a room) size.

2.4. Use building functions (usage) as driving parameters to change the building configuration.

2.5. Use a single project parameter to control multiple families.

2.6. Create artistic patterns for the building facade.

2.7. Other applications (think creatively).

3. Document your project (20 pts). Save screenshots of the Revit models and data display, including Revit views, database table views, and running process, etc. Publish the documentation on your blog.

In addition , you are expected to create a movie (up to 4 minutes in length) by capturing your computer screen that demonstrates your building model, parametric model, interaction between the building project and families, with your voice over as narrative. You can use Zoom's screen sharing and recording, or Camtasia (about $15) or other software to make and edit the movie. Upload the movie to your Blog (directly or through embedding Youtube, Vimeo, etc. Make sure the video quality is high).

Suggested resolution: 1024x768 or 1280x960 pixels. Suggested format: Flash (in a web page), MP4, WMV. Clear images and sound are expected.

Here's instruction about posting videos on Blogger

4. Final presentation (10 pts)

Please make sure your High Quality movie on your blog is ready to be played before we start the presentation.

Please also submit your movie with other files to Canvas.

5. Submission

Project submission includes the following four items.

5.1 Application submission to Canvas.tamu.edu

Project folder name Project2_Final_YourFirstname_YourLastname
Files in the folder Revit models, images, Dynamo files, screenshots of the Revit model and Dynamo graph display, databases, instructions about how to run your application, presentation movie, etc., organized into good a folder structure.

File to submit Project2_Final_YourFirstname_YourLastname.zip
Submit to https://canvas.tamu.edu/
ARCH653->Content->Project 2 Final

5.2. Submission to the Web

Create a web blog page containing your Final Project description, screenshots, presentation movie, and links to other pages. Your name and "ARCH653 Final Project" should appear on your blog page. Check the following page and click your project2 thumbnail to confirm that the link is pointing to your blog.


Web Your Blog page on Blogger.com
Items on the page

1. Description/documentation
2. Images/screenshots
3. Presentation movie

Embed images and the movie into the text, and make the images clickable to show the images in their original size.

5.3 Submission of your project thumbnail to Canvas: https://canvas.tamu.edu

Create a 160x120 pixel thumbnail image based on your exterior rendering. Save it as Project2_YourFirstname_YourLastname.jpg, and upload it to https://canvas.tamu.edu.

The thumbnail will appear on the following page after it is uploaded by the instructor:

File Project1_YourFirstname_YourLastname.jpg
Submit to

ARCH653->Content->Project 2_Thumbnail

Finally, check your web page and links from

Make sure everything works by the due time. (Thumbnails will be displayed before the presentation).


Understand and experience advanced Building Information Modeling methods to access BIM data for creative applications.


Your work will be judged on its technical quality and on its visual content.


About Exceptional and Extra Work (10 pts) :

As stated in Syllabus, a project is given 90% as a basis for “Satisfactory work, meet standards”. Based on project requirements, errors will cause reduction of points and exceptional or extra work is awarded with extra points.

Examples of Exceptional and Extra Work:

1. A well defined, advanced parametric model utilizing Visual Programming, with high quality documentation documenting the background, design ideas, and implementation.

2. Using BIM and other tools that you may have learned or are willing to learn during the project phase to conduct different types of simulations/computations, such as building thermal, daylighting, wind, cost, etc.

How to Get Started with Dynamo for your Project?

Review Homework 7 and 8, and browse Advanced Tutorials in


Find one or more samples that may help you implement your design ideas. Study them further and use them as a template to start your project.

Note most of the samples will need to run in Conceptual Mass Family editor, but some in Project. The RoomTableChair sample for ARCH653 is a demonstration of the use of Dynamo for creating parametric Projects.

Here is RoomTableChair.

See Students page for previous projects and sample movies.